ARC REVIEW: Mia and the Bad Boy (Backstage Pass #2) by Lisa Burstein


Mia and the Bad Boy (Backstage Pass #2)

Lisa Burstein

Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by Entangled: Crush

YA > Contemporary | Romance | Music

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3 ★★★ 1/2



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This good girl’s about to meet her match…

Ryder Brooks is living the dream—he’s famous, loved by millions of girls, and miserable. All he really wants is to write his own music, not Seconds to Juliet’s sugary sweet pop. In order to do that, though, the “bad boy” of the band will have to play by the rules. And that includes behaving with his new—and super cute—über-good-girl tutor.

Mia Reyes is in fangirl heaven. Tutoring her favorite member of her favorite band? It’s a dream come true…until it turns into a complete nightmare. Ryder is nothing like she thought. He’s crude, arrogant, and pretty much a total jerk. And the worst part? She’s roped into pretending to be his girlfriend so that no one finds out he’s being tutored. Fake kisses, plenty of PDA, and even sharing his hotel room…

But sometimes even the baddest of bad boys needs a little redemption.


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 Welcome to my stop for the Mia and the Bad Boy tour!! If you remember, I gushed about the first book in this series. Remember? When I introduced Seconds to Juliet to you guys? Well, the bad boy is here. And he just melted my heart!!





You swooned over Miles. Now ready your hearts… because Ryder is about to steal it. Turns out, our bad boy is not so bad after all. When does fake becomes real? Hearts gets tested, secrets were revealed but the swoonfest continues!

I love how Ryder isn’t what you really see and there’s so much more from him. I enjoyed every moment of getting to know Ryder and his past and his road to redemption was so hilarious and heartfelt! His whole persona was really mysterious from the first book and its incredible how readers still demanded more of Ryder even though we already have him bared and out in the world. There’s just something about him that we couldn’t get enough of.

Mia.., Mia is incredible! She can be innocent and shy, but she’s also sassy and can be feisty when she needs to be. I actually adore how she’s not hot and cold in here, And that she takes no crap from anyone. Her heart is big and the story tells us that she is the one to teach our Ryder, but along the way, she learned a lot as well. Her character development was something I really celebrated because from the start, I can really see her potential and I was so glad that she made it. That she achieved it. And surprise surprise, Ryder is the one who helped her realize that potential.

The romance was intense, perfect paced and very sweet, Lisa Burstein really captured that classic we-cant-but-we-should kind of romance. It was not annoying or irritating but instead, you’ll find yourself totally caught up in Ryder and Mia’s story. You can’t help but root for them too. There was an actual chemistry between these two and you will feel it oozing from every chapter they’re together.

Although I wished Ryder’s family was dealt and discussed more, I was satisfied by that knee buckling ending. It was every teenager’s dream. Ryder sure knows how to make a statement. And you want a bonus? You got it! Miles and Ryder had a very heart touching moment in here and it was everything I was hoping for, It was hilarious and the bromance was off the charts. I loved it!

All in all, Mia and the Bad Boy is another success in this incredible on going series. I couldn’t wait for more from the boys! This book has a perfect amount of drama you want. With music and hot boys in the mix, Mia and the Bad Boy is another book you can’t resist.




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Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University and is
glad to finally have it be worth more than the paper it was printed on. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats. She wrote her first story when she was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous.










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ARC REVIEW: Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch a.k.a there better be a sequel

18630496TITLE: Perfected
AUTHOR: Kate Jarvik Birch
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: July 1st 2014 by Entangled: Teen
GENRE: YA > Dystopia | Science Fiction | Romance
PAGES: 304pages (Hardcover)
SOURCE: ARC provided by publisher
RATING:  4★★★★
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Perfection comes at a price.

As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.

Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows…and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.

But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving…and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.

For fans of Keira Cass’s Selection series and Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, and a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.





Well, that’s new. Perfected has a very thought provoking premise. Heart melting romance and heart racing plot. I can definitely say that Perfected is perfected to it’s target reader’s liking..

The story is about Ella, a girl in our world, but a pet in a world she’s living in. She was born or maybe made to make her Masters happy. And she’s completely fine with that. She obeys and she doesn’t complain at all. But all is changed when he got close to her Master’s son, Penn.

It’s been so long since I encountered a Main Character that I completely adored. Some readers may find Ella stupid. Or dense. And the truth is, she is. (lol) But maybe stupid and dense is such strong words. She’s more like, clueless. She was raised to be perfect! To function everyday while being demure and composed. She isn’t supposed to be silly or to be caught up in imperfect moment. I really felt for Ella. She doesn’t even know how to read! But you can really see that the world outside Greenwich (where she came from) scared her a lot. And the desire to fit in, or be educated was there. But you can also see how she fought for those thoughts. For a girl that is so clueless and who doesn’t have any idea how this cruel world works, she’s brave. And I like that a lot.

Penn isn’t an exception, he just stole my heart then completely stomp on it (the ending omg) He isn’t your typical bad boy, he isn’t your usual nerd boy, He’s real. There’s nothing cliché about him. If I have one complain about him, it’s that he can be a wimp sometimes. Especially to his Father. But good thing the author made some character developments. Though, I think Ella might still need some improvement, Penn was a brilliantly written character.

Side characters are detailed. From Ruby, to her mother, to the creepy congressman (who is Ella’s master) You will really see and feel Ella’s world.

The plot is disturbing. Did you know that I got scared while reading this? Because there’s a chance that this kind of platform will be true if it’ll be based on our goverment’s state. That’s what my first thought when I was in chapter 1. They’re like a (sorry for the word) But they’re like prostitutes. They’re purchased and will spend the day of their lives for the pleasure of their Masters. So I really applaud the Author for executing it very well. But! It needs more world building. I wanna know the history of it all! When does this ‘having a pet means we’re regal‘ started? How does someone become a pet exactly? Are pets like Ella born or made?! But most importantly, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO PENN AND ELLA?

I mean, I’m sorry but you can’t end a book like that and not make a sequel! That’s just not how it works.

By the way, the ending just blew my mind. I love how it crushed me but made me excited too. I really hope that the sequel comes out soon. I’m looking forward to EVERYTHING.